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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Moar Newbie Ceramics! on: April 06, 2010 11:55:17 PM
Okay, this post is gonna be quick and dirty-
These are my two favorite projects from last semester, and are also two of the first ceramic pieces I made. I believe all of the pieces we make in my class get fired at Cone 10.

Slab-form sushi tray (Los Altos clay, Shaner's Orange glaze):

What's that? You didn't know sushi grows on trees?!
The design was cut with a needle tool, then the slab was thrown down at an angle to open up the lines. It's a bit hard to tell in this picture, but I love how the glaze bubbled up and turned black in the crevices. It looks like tree sap! And you can hardly tell the foot snapped off of the left bottom corner, which was lucky.

Slab-form bowl (Los Altos, Winnokur glaze w/red stain underneath):

We were required to use at least three different types of leaves from plants outside the ceramics studio, then to trace the edges of the leaves to enhance the pattern. The little circular impressions were key limes, he he. I put a ridiculously small amount of glaze on this one. The color you see is purely the clay body showing through. Winnokur glaze is meant to turn off-white. :/ Somehow 75% of everything I made turned out brown because of the same mistake.

Let me know what you think! I'm always eager to learn and I know we've got some amazing potters here. Wink
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Hand-built 1st Semester Ceramics on: April 06, 2010 11:28:50 PM
In posting my first ceramic pieces, I feel the need to tell you all about Ron, my ceramics professor.
He is amazing. He can throw a pot on the wheel in 30 seconds flat.  He also studied under the #2 potter in the world at the time (and lived and studied with the guy in freaking JAPAN for several months before earning the title "sensei," which is a mighty big honor there). Talents aside, the guy is still awesome. He's a huge nerd and is totally proud of it. Plus, he lets us have *almost* free reign with the projects we do. He's a great teacher, in the truest sense of the word.

Anyway, you can tell by now that he's a pretty cool guy. For now, I'll get to the pictures, which I'm sure are the only reason you're reading this bloody thread (and I apologize for the crappy lighting):

My favorite happy accident-
Alice in Wonderland slab bowl (Los Altos, Max's Purple Pink glaze w/manganese stain)-
Chesire cat, side view:

He was done with a cat cookie cutter, a porcelain clown-face stamp for the face, and a needle tool for the ears.

EAT ME & key, side view:

The key above was given to me by my boyfriend (I believe it's from an anime called Blood Plus). I had a shot of the DRINK ME part and a better shot of the key, but my photo editor decided to eat them instead.

The cute little spade I carved on the inside bottom of the bowl got blown to sh*t in the bisque firing (air bubbles- ARGH). The good news is that I discovered how to throw ceramic mushrooms on the wheel, which I am going to "plant" in the bowl along with moss and river rocks. Who doesn't like a fairy garden?  Grin

Mishima pinch pot (Los Altos clay, Celadon & Orange Coast Black glazes)

Partial side view:

The side says, "The city lights are cold + violent." It's a line from an Amanda Palmer song called Ampersand (hence, the & on the inside).

Slab pitcher (Los Altos, Seacrest Black glaze):

I have a lot of trouble getting glazes to come out even. On this one, you can see the clay body through at the top and the glaze is really thick at the bottom. I kinda like the effect though.
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But WAIT! There's more!

Not only is my professor amazing at what he does, and is generally a great a person, but he's also taking me to Coachella Fest to ride along in my rock hero's limo. I'm going to Coachella with Josh FRIGGING Homme from Queens of the Stone Age! Ron just happens to live next door to him (and my uncle, incidentally), and decided I have to tag along since I nearly died of oxygen deprivation when he told our class who he's going to the festival with. Plus, I was the only person in the class who even knows who Them Crooked Vultures are.

Okay, rant over. Sorry for writing a book. :/

Now, more importantly, what do you guys think of my haul from last semester? C & C most certainly appreciated.

*Update: I'm really upset because the administration at the school just suspended my professor (two months before his retirement, no less, and after having been there 40 years), because of a difference of opinion. They've put him on an indefinite administrative leave and I'm thinking of staging a sit-in inside the ceramics studio, lol. He's the only reason I decided to take the class again. I'm so tired of bureaucratic BS screwing with my education and my school. Grrrr...
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Gorillaz Sillhouette Shirt on: March 15, 2009 09:55:43 PM
This is my first attempt at doing a stencil with freezer paper, and I gotta say I am much happier with the results than other stencils I've done.

It's my bf's 20th birthday on Tuesday and the Nintendo DS I wanted to get him was waaaay out of my price range due to my paycheck this week being far smaller than I expected it to be. So, I decided I'd just do a multi-part present like I usually do and get crafty to make him something awesome. He's a big Gorillaz fan, but buying actual merchandise from them (or any other band, for that matter) can get pricey, so I decided to make him a shirt. I found the stencil on DeviantArt by user named Tenadi (props to him for making such a simple yet awesome stencil).

I can't sketch for the life of me, so instead of tracing it or printing directly onto the freezer paper (since my printer is fickle, at best), I printed it out on regular paper and used diluted white glue to adhere it to the freezer paper before cutting it out.The oddly-colored spots are where the regular paper wouldn't come up after I ironed it to the shirt. I wanted to make sure I could see what I was doing, so I cut away the printer paper.


The whole project only cost me the price of the freezer paper, since I had a blank T and all my tools just lying around. Turns out, 2D was the hardest to cut out. Probably because of all the detail on the hair, hat and cigarette. I'm pretty pleased with the final product. Only a few spots came out uneven. What do you think?

The boy's also getting a homemade Chuck Norris b-day card (will post once it's finished), The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks, and a home baked b-day/St. Patty's Day cake. I'm also letting him pick a shirt from ThinkGeek.com, since I can't very well make an interactive equalizer shirt, and that seems to be the one he likes best.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Maturin the Turtle on: August 07, 2008 09:51:53 PM
This my first attempt at making anything more complicated than a wallet out of felt, so be gentle! I had loads of green and cream felt, so the first thing I could think of to make was a turtle.

Closer up on his face:

His rear end and little tail Smiley:

The patches on his back are a little wonky because I mixed up the pieces as soon as I cut them out. Oops! I named him Maturin after the turtle guardian from the Dark Tower series by Stephen King and he's probably going to my boyfriend as soon as he gets back from his trip (he's a DT fan as well).

Oh, and I should also mention that I free-handed the whole thing. (I don't use patterns very often, I get bored with them!)

Comments appreciated.  Wink
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jewelry box mint tin... thing. on: July 31, 2008 07:46:39 PM
Okay... So my sister and I have mutual friend whose birthday was on Monday. My sister and I were both broke (as per usual) and I had no idea what to give her. I decided that I'd make her one of my patented decorated altoid tins, but I didn't really have much to put in there, so I made it a bit more functional than my usual ones. The tin I made to hold my jewelry ended up scratching everything, so I lined this one with felt and made a little flap to stick the earrings in and hold them in place.

Her name on the front was done with iron on letters:

All of the inside decorations were scrapbooking materials:

I poked tiny holes all the way around the flap with a seam ripper so she could poke her earrings though:

I salvaged everything from my craft drawer, including the fabric which was left over from a yoga bag.
I don't know why I wrote "shiny" on the inside. It just seemed appropriate.  Smiley
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I have no idea where to start! on: July 20, 2008 07:18:55 PM
I'm trying to teach myself to knit and I'm starting with a pattern for a knit cap from the book Bazaar Bizarre (which is where I first heard of this site, actually Smiley ). I'm also using a bunch of online resources because I can hardly figure out the illustrations. I think I'm a little slow when it comes to instructions. I've done a slip knot and cast on the 1st 88 stitches that are required by the pattern. I understand how to do a knit stitch (generally) but in all the tutorials I've found on doing a knit stitch, the people knitting already have stitches started on the other needle. How do I start on the other needle? Do I have to cast on to that needle as well, or do I start stitches some other way. Where is all that yarn coming from?! I'm so confused!!! Huh
7  California / California: South / Anyone going to Coachella Fest? on: April 26, 2007 07:23:07 PM
if anyone is going to coachella fest would like to meet other crafters, let me know! I'll be there tomorrow (Fri) all day. i'd love to meet some local crafters.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Bleeding valentines on: February 13, 2007 09:50:50 PM
I was helping my little sis make some Valentine's Day cookies for her bf (and a few for mine) and I tried putting those little red hot candies on some small hearts for eyes, intending to add mouths made of icing later. The only thing was, no one told me that you're supposed to put them on AFTER baking the cookies. I didn't know they would melt with the heat. *slaps hand to forehead* Thankfully, we had set aside some extra dough to make larger hearts, so the whole project wasn't a complete disaster (unless you count my awful and hard to read writing in icing). It was actually pretty funny (and gross), though because the little ones looked like their eyes were bleeding:

Please tell me I'm not the only one dumb enough to have done this...

And, I guess if you hate Valentine's Day, dead valentine's might not be such a bad idea. Wink
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered T-shirts (pic heavy) on: February 13, 2007 05:31:07 PM
Most of my wardrobe consists of t-shirts (since they're cheap), so I'm always looking for quick ways to mix them up a little. Also, I can't sew, so I usually just take a pair of scissors to T and call it a night. Here are a few that I've cut up (somehow not all the pictures came out the same size):

A Harry Potter shirt that was a little too short-


A T-shirt from a local band that was too small-


A halter made from a waaaay too big blue t-shirt that used to have a pocket on the front-


I got most of my ideas from a book called Generation T. They're not really anything special, I just thought I'd share some ideas.  Smiley
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / repurposed altoid tin on: February 09, 2007 03:20:03 PM
I am addicted to altoids, as i know a lot of people are, and i have about 30 tins lying around at any given time. i've covered a few of them in fabric, but i made one that took a lot of effort and think it turned out the best. here it is (sorry for the crappy pictures!):

I used a nail file to scrape the paint off of the front to make it look like stainless steel (took forever!), then I painted along the edge with white nail polish and added some old-fashioned stickers to the lid. Right now I use it to store some bracelets I've made, but I've used it for a lot of different things. What do you think?
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